Dominant second-half moves Lady Trojans to 7-1

Adam Hothersall
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 1/15/20

It has been quite the start to the season for the Thornton ladies basketball program as coach Khari Wallace has his team trending in the right direction at 7-1. Despite a slow start Jan. 6 against …

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Dominant second-half moves Lady Trojans to 7-1

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It has been quite the start to the season for the Thornton ladies basketball program as coach Khari Wallace has his team trending in the right direction at 7-1. Despite a slow start Jan. 6 against Gateway (0-9), the first half energy and play of junior guard Monique Delatorre and her 16 points put the home squad up 28-22 heading to the break after the lead changed hands four times.

“As far as the slow start, we have been on (winter) break, and I kind of expected a sluggish start being our first day back,” Wallace said after the game. “Before the game, I told them to get pressure, and that’s when Mo (Monique Delatorre) plays her best. She was active, getting steals, and that fuels our offense.”

The second part of the dynamic duo in senior Shamahra Henderson struggled in finding a rhythm in the first half but came out firing in the third quarter with 10 points. Leading an explosive fast break, the veteran and her team pushed their lead to 47-28 going to the fourth.

“At halftime, we made some adjustments, including picking up full-court pressure. Once we did that, Shamahra thrives in getting steals, rebounding, and running the court. When she is playing her game like that, it’s hard to stop her.”

Also contributing in a significant way offensively, 10 points (six in the fourth) from Maddie Lester gave the Lady Trojans that much-needed third option against the Lady Olympians. Also recording quality minutes, senior Jade Valdez and sophomore Kathrine Prado played well in their time.

“I always tell the girls we are a team, and if we can get that third person in double-figures, that helps a lot, and that also takes pressure off Shamahra and Mo, and it builds confidence in our other girls. To see shots going in and their teammates start feeding them the ball, it makes a happy team when everyone is getting involved. Maddie stepped up big for us tonight,” Wallace said.

Delatorre led the team with 22 points, followed by 20 from Henderson.

To end the week, Thornton fell to Westminster two nights later, 39-36.

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